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"I am Baladas Demnevanni. And this, Arvs Drelen is my home. Why have you come here?"
―Baladas Demnevanni[src]

Baladas Demnevanni is a well-versed Dunmer House Telvanni Sorcerer and Councilman who resides near the outskirts of Gnisis. He maintains a pet Daedroth, several skeletons, a couple of rats, and a Centurion Sphere as guardians of his home. He is involved in a number of quests (including two of which he gives himself).

PersonalityEdit

He claims to have been in Gnisis since before the Empire came, and will be there long after it has withered away. He is not particularly fond of most visitors; although, if his quests are completed, he will become almost like a fatherly figure towards the Nerevarine.

BackgroundEdit

He is a formidable scholar, being one of only a very select few persons in all of Vvardenfell who can readily translate Aldmeris, and will gladly translate The Egg of Time and Divine Metaphysics Adapted to the Meanest of Intellects for the Nerevarine if he likes him or her enough (and has possession of Hanging Gardens of Wasten Coridale), and thereby answer one of the games deepest mysteries of Morrowind: the Disappearance of the Dwarves.

If both of his quests are completed, he will grant the Nerevarine the Centurion as a permanent ally that will follow him or her almost anywhere, which will last long enough if well-maintained. It can be trapped in certain areas (such as the staircase at the Ald'ruhn Mages Guild) if the Nerevarine does not want it around, or does not want to risk its destruction.

QuestsEdit

DialogueEdit

"I am Baladas Demnevanni. And this, Arvs Drelen is my home. Why have you come here?"

Baladas "Speaking. Hurry up."
Disappearance of the Dwarves "Concerning this, I can only speak to a friend."
Disappearance of the Dwarves (high disposition) "It was unfashionable among the Dwemer to view their spirits as synthetic constructs three, four, or forty creational gradients below the divine. During the Dawn Era they researched the death of the Earth Bones, what we call now the laws of nature, dissecting the process of the sacred willing itself into the profane. I believe their mechanists and tonal architects discovered systematic regression techniques to perform the reverse -- that is, to create the sacred from the deaths of the profane. As the Dwemer left no corpses or traces of conflict behind, I believe that generations of ritualistic 'anti-creation' resulted in their immediate, but foreseen removal from the Mundus. They retreated behind math, behind color, behind the active principle itself. That the Dwemer vanished during a conflict with Nerevar and the Tribunal is merely coincidence."
Darius "He plays his role in town, and best keep his hands out of my business."
Gnisis "Everyone here leaves me alone. That's how I like it."
House Telvanni "House Telvanni is one of the Great Houses. We value talent, knowledge, and initiative. Perhaps you would like to join House Telvanni?"
join House Telvanni "Go to Sadrith Mora and speak with the Mouths in the Telvanni Council Hall."
Show: Rescue Ragash gra-Shuzgrub

"I am Baladas Demnevanni. And this, Arvs Drelen is my home. Why have you come here?"

Ragas gra-Shuzgrub "She came demanding tribute for the Empire of men. I was here before Gnisis, before the Empire of men. I will be here after Gnisis is gone and after this short-lived Empire has crumbled. The people of Gnisis live only because I tolerate them. Why should I pay tribute?"
Ragash learned her lesson. "What? So soon? Even the short-lived orcs need time to reflect on their transgressions."
Let her go and no one will trouble you again. "You trouble me now. Do you think I have nothing better to do than listen to such lies? Leave now or you shall join the orc in my prison."
Let her go and no one will trouble you again. (High disposition) "Can you make such a promise? I do not know if I should trust you... But I shall. Take this key and take the orc with you when you leave."
Everyone pays taxes. "I do not pay tribute to any man. Do not anger me, or you shall join the orc in my prison."
Show: Mystery of the Dwarves

"I am Baladas Demnevanni. And this, Arvs Drelen is my home. Why have you come here?"

Divine Metaphysics "Unfortunately, I cannot read the Dwemer language without some kind of translation key."
Egg of Time "I cannot read and write the Dwemer language."

While carrying Hanging Gardens:

"I am Baladas Demnevanni. And this, Arvs Drelen is my home. Why have you come here?"

Divine Metaphysics "Yes, I can now translate these books. This first one is Bthuand Mzahnch's refutation of a popular theory from Nerevar's time. A few tones of Dwemer believed that using the power Lorkhan's Heart was an unjustifiable risk. "The Egg of Time" contains Bthuand's arguments against this idea, many of which are quite compelling. The next book, "Divine Metaphysics," is an explanation of how the Dwemer tried to make a new god, Anumidium, using Kagrenac's tools and the sacred tones on Lorkhan's heart."
Divine Metaphysics "This is an explanation of how the Dwemer tried to make a new god, Anumidium, using Kagrenac's tools and the sacred tones on Lorkhan's heart. It has several interesting theories about how to bend the Ehlnofey or "Earth Bones," but I am not entirely sure I understand it myself. Perhaps after another century of study I could have a better answer for you."
Egg of Time "This is Bthuand Mzahnch's refutation of a popular theory from Nerevar's time. A few tones of Dwemer believed that using the power Lorkhan's Heart was an unjustifiable risk. "The Egg of Time" summarized many of Bthuand's arguments against this idea, many of which are quite compelling."
Hanging Gardens "So you have found a book. Let me see... Yes, this is written in both Dwemer and Aldmeris. I would keep this book somewhere safe. Perhaps you will find other books in the Dwemer language, and could use this book to translate them. If you find anything of interest, bring both the books to me."
Show: Three Questions for Baladas Demnevanni

"I am Baladas Demnevanni. And this, Arvs Delen is my home. Why have you come here?"

three questions "You may ask your three questions. You want to know first about the disappearance of the Dwarves?"
Disappearance of the Dwarves "It was unfashionable among the Dwemer to view their spirits as synthetic constructs three, four, or forty creational gradients below the divine. During the Dawn Era they researched the death of the Earth Bones, what we call now the laws of nature, dissecting the process of the sacred willing itself into the profane. I believe their mechanists and tonal architects discovered systematic regression techniques to perform the reverse -- that is, to create the sacred from the deaths of the profane. As the Dwemer left no corpses or traces of conflict behind, I believe that generations of ritualistic 'anti-creation' resulted in their immediate, but foreseen removal from the Mundus. They retreated behind math, behind color, behind the active principle itself. That the Dwemer vanished during a conflict with Nerevar and the Tribunal is merely coincidence."
three questions "You may ask your three questions. You said something about Dwemer artifacts?"
Dwemer artifacts "In their denial of both phenomena and noumena, the Dwemer found comfort in the creation of Animunculi, which in their operation, combined two incompatible principles, thus denying both. In the first Dwemer ruin I studied, quite by chance in my wandering youth, someone had activated the Animunculi guardians and I was unable to make a proper study of them. Since then, I have, on occasion, found ruins, especially here in Vvardenfell, where the Animunculi are still active."
three questions "You may ask your three questions. Did you not say your last question was about the Dwemer language?"
Dwemer language "The Dwemer language is unknown, perhaps unknowable. Some Dwemer books, especially records dating from after the founding of Resdayn, were written in Aldmeris, making them accessible to modern scholars. However, even in Aldmeris, many Dwemer terms remain uncertain. As the books and other artifacts in Dwemer ruins rarely show signs of wear or age, I believe that the Dwemer knew of a preservative effect, perhaps a device still active which denies or controls the Earth Bones governing time and decay."
Dwemer ruins "You seem to truly have an interest in the Dwarves, so I will tell you this. Sneak into the Gnisis Eggmine. I heard they made a most unusual discovery recently."
three questions "I have answered your three questions."
Show: Baladas Demnevanni

"What brings you here, Nerevarine (Player name)?"

patron "It would not be proper of me to be your patron. But I am pleased that you would ask."
join the Council "I have little interest in the affairs of House Telvanni... But it would not be an inconvenience to me. I will agree to join the Council on the condition that you do three chores for me."
chores "I have three simple chores for you. Bring me a copy of the Dwemer books "Nchunak's Fire and Faith," "Antecedents of Dwemer Law," and "Chronicles of Nchuleft."
Fire and Faith "I know the Hall of Wisdom in Vivec has a copy of this book, but their library is well guarded. Rare booksellers may have a copy. There are certainly a few copies in the hand of private collectors such as myself."
Antecedents of Dwemer Law "This book is the most common of the ones I desire. Many scholars own a copy of this book. You need only find one."
Chronicles of Nchuleft ""Chronicles of Nchuleft" is very rare. There are probably still copies of the book in the Dwemer ruin of Nchuleft. Otherwise, you could try asking booksellers where one might find a copy."
Fire and Faith "Have you found a copy of "Nchunak's Fire and Faith?""
Yes, here it is. "Oh? And where is it? Have you brought me an invisible book? Bring me the book, Nerevarine (Player name), and no trickery."
No, not yet. "Find the book, Nerevarine (Player name)."
Antecedents of Dwemer Law "Have you found a copy of "Antecedents of Dwemer Law?""
Yes, here it is. "No. No tricks, Nerevarine (Player name). You do not have a copy of this book, and we both know it. Go find one before I lose my patience."
No, not yet. "If I knew where to find one, I would do it myself."
Chronicles of Nchuleft "Have you found a copy of "Chronicles of Nchuleft""
Yes, here it is. "I do not want to play games with you, Nerevarine (Player name). Bring me a copy of Chronicles of Nchuleft. Do not try to trick me."
No, not yet. "I know it may be difficult to find this book. You could try the Dwemer ruins of Nchuleft itself, which is supposed to be somewhere between Vos and the Ghostgate."

After having found the books:

"Have you found a copy of "Nchunak's Fire and Faith"?"

Fire and Faith "Have you found a copy of "Nchunak's Fire and Faith?""
Yes, here it is. "This is one of the three books I was looking for. Speak with me again when you have delivered all three."
Antecedents of Dwemer Law "Have you found a copy of "Antecedents of Dwemer Law?""
Yes, here it is. "Good. This is one of the three books I was looking for."
Chronicles of Nchuleft "Have you found a copy of "Chronicles of Nchuleft""
Yes, here it is. "Good. I will not forget this, Nerevarine (Player name). As you have brought me all three books. Please accept these trinkets of mine. I no longer have any use for them."
join the Council "You have brought me the books that I desired, and so I will consider young Aryon's offer. I will join the Council, at least for the next century or two, and sponsor a Mouth to send to Sadrith Mora."
join the Council "Yes, I will join the council. Tell Aryon to expect me to take a more active role in House Telvanni."
Fire and Faith "You already brought me a copy of "Nchunak's Fire and Faith.""
Antecedents of Dwemer Law "You already brought me a copy of "Antecedents of Dwemer Law.""
Chronicles of Nchuleft "You already brought me a copy of Chronicles of Nchuleft."
Show: Dahrk Mezalf

"I am Baladas Demnevanni. And this, Arvs Delen is my home. Why have you come here?"

chores "I am interested in the Ring of Dahrk Mezalf."
Dahrk Mezalf "Mezalf is sometimes referred to as "Mezalf Bthungthumz." Perhaps he was from the Dwemer village of Bthungthumz. Go to Maar Gan. Head east past the silt strider, then go north towards the Foyada. Follow the Foyada Bani-Dad to the northwest until you see what remains of Bthungthumz on the right. If you find the ring, bring it to me."
Dahrk Mezalf "Did you find the ring of Dahrk Mezalf?"
Yes, here it is. "No, you do not have the ring. You will find the ring. You will give it to me."
No, not yet. "If you bring me the ring, I will reward you. Until you have it, do not remind me of your laziness."

After finding the ring:

"Were you able to find Dahrk Mezalf?"

Dahrk Mezalf "Did you find the ring of Dahrk Mezalf?"
Yes, here it is. "Yes, this is the ring I was looking for. As a reward, I will order my centurion to assist you. You will find it waiting outside. I have made some improvements to this one. You may also find this storm ring to be of some minor use."
Dahrk Mezalf "You have already brought me Dahrk Mezalf's ring."
chores "I have no more chores for you, Nerevarine (Player name)."

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